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March 25, 2021, 11:10 AM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Interviews with 14 current and former Medium employees portray a dysfunctional company; sources say Medium has 700K paid subs, suggesting $35M+ in revenue  —  Last week, a partnerships manager at Medium working with the White House found that there was a strange problem with the platform: President Joe Biden was being served porn.
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it has disrupted a network of China-based hackers using its platform to target the Uyghur community abroad and draw them to malicious websites  —  Facebook on Wednesday announced new actions to disrupt a network of China-based hackers leveraging the platform to compromise targets in the Uyghur community.
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Chrissy Teigen, who had 13.7M Twitter followers and was once called “unofficial mayor of Twitter” by the company, quits the platform after years of harassment  —  The former model and media personality was a prolific tweeter  —  Chrissy Teigen, a prolific tweeter the company once called …
Paul Lilly / HotHardware.com News:
Samsung announces 512GB DDR5 memory, still in verification stage, that delivers over twice the performance of DDR4 at up to 7,200 Mbps, for advanced workloads  —  As we inch closer to Intel's Alder Lake and AMD's Zen 4 architectures (late this year and/or early next, barring any delays) …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Arizona Senate skips vote on bill HB2005, which would have forced Apple and Google to let apps in their app stores use alternative in-app payment systems  —  The bill went poof  —  The Arizona State Senate was scheduled to vote an unprecedented and controversial bill on Wednesday …
Asha Barbaschow / ZDNet:
Apple tells Australia's consumer watchdog that iOS developers have alternative channels to reach users as “distribution is far from limited” to App Store  —  Telling the ACCC that users of iOS can go to a website to purchase and consume digital content or services …
Paul Tamburro / GameRevolution:
Reddit says it has cut ties with a controversial UK activist who it had recently hired, after 200+ subreddits, like r/Music, went private to protest  —  UPDATE: Reddit has now confirmed that it has fired Aimee Knight from her position with the company.  In a statement posted …
Craig Chapple / Sensor Tower Blog:
Freemium mobile game Genshin Impact becomes the fastest title to reach $1B in player spending on the App Store and Google Play worldwide, in just under 6 months  —  The mobile version of Genshin Impact from miHoYo has surpassed $1 billion in player spending in less than six months following …
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Morphisec, which helps mid-size companies thwart cyberattacks and says it helps reduce the costs of security tools, raises $31M led by JVP  —  Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data.  Learn more.  —  With cybersecurity companies going after the big enterprise fish …
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The Markup:
Analysis of vaccine appointment sites for every US state, Puerto Rico, and DC shows some have issues maintaining users' privacy, loading on mobile devices, more  —  The results, measuring accessibility and privacy protections, were not always great  —  Christine Meyer, a Pennsylvania doctor …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
During an event announcing Intel Foundry Services, CEO Pat Gelsinger said it would pursue Apple as a client; Apple currently relies on TSMC as its sole supplier  —  Apple in November started releasing Macs with Apple-designed M1 chips, and the Apple silicon technology will eventually replace …
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Johana Bhuiyan / Los Angeles Times:
How Google handles user data requests from DHS, ICE, and other agencies, often giving users little time to obtain a court order quashing the request  —  You're scrolling through your Gmail inbox and see an email with a strange subject line: A string of numbers followed by “Notification from Google.”

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